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103 Construction Blueprint Reading – All construction professionals, regardless of whether they are working in the field or in the office, must learn to read blueprints. Blueprint reading is not terribly difficult but it does require practice and some basic knowledge of blueprints.

This online blueprint reading course is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge and hands-on practice so you can confidently discuss plans on the job.

Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice. Once you learn to read blueprints, your career opportunities expand and you are more in demand.

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A self paced course can be started at any time. You must complete the course within 10 weeks but you can work through the course as quickly as you like.

There are no weekly goals and no interaction with other students. Please check your inbox to read additional information in your welcome email.


By the end of the 103 Construction Blueprint Reading course you will:

Have an elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to building construction projects

Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals

Be able to find trade information using blueprints

Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials at the jobsite

Be able to identify elementary problems or shortcomings of the blueprints you are using

As you learn to read blueprints it is important that you keep up with the weekly class content. New course modules will be available on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed by the following Sunday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although you can get started on the upcoming reading assignments by clicking on the Critical Course Information under General Course Information inside the classroom.

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It is important that you keep up with the class and do not fall behind. Students who are deliberate and diligent with their studies will have an easier time achieving success in any course in the construction certificate programs or any building construction class in which you register.

Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class but the reading assignments will be made available in advance. Modules will become available on dates posted on the course calendar.


Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in two class discussions. In each module, the quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points. You can take quizzes twice and use the highest score achieved as your final quiz grade.

Class discussions are a very important part of this course. Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at hand. For that reason, I consider the regular weekly discussions to be even more important than the weekly quizzes.

Students should provide at least 4 contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points.

The grading scale is as follows:


225 to 250 points


200 to 224 points


175 to 199 points


150 to 174 points


Anything less will be considered an unauthorized withdrawal from the course

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.  Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments.

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.


SDSU and SFSU students, Be sure you are getting the correct edition of the book. The book comes with a set of blueprints we will use in class. Blueprint Reading for Construction, 8th Edition Goodheart Wilcox, by Walter Brown and Daniel Dorfmuller.

Digital plans are provided inside the classroom.
As long as you have the correct book edition with the blueprints, you will be fully prepared to learn to read blueprints.


To purchase the ebook, visit the publisher’s site Goodhart Wilcox.

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